William Sloane Coffin

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William Sloane Coffin (June 1, 1924April 12, 2006) was an American Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church and later received ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ.


Credo, 2004[edit]

William Sloane Coffin, Credo, 2004.

  • Of God's love we can say two things: it is poured out universally for everyone from the Pope to the loneliest wino on the planet; and secondly, God's love doesn't seek value, it creates value. It is not because we have value that we are loved, but because we are loved that we have value. Our value is a gift, not an achievement.
    • p. 6
  • I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap and then you grow wings.
    • p. 7
  • It is often said that the Church is a crutch. Of course it's a crutch. What makes you think you don't limp?
    • p. 137

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